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3268 Edition

October 13 - October 19, 2014

Church Ministry News

 

 

"Too Much Doubt, Too Little Justice" - Cheng Hsing-tse, A Death Row Inmate, Is Pleaded Innocent By Human Rights Groups And Thousands of Facebook Check-In

 

 

Reported By Hwang Yi-lek

 

 

In the evening on January 5th 2002, Cheng Hsing-tse went with his friend Lo Wu-hsiung and others to have fun in a KTV restaurant, located in Taichung. As Lo was unsatisfied that KTV waitress were not enough to serve them, he furiously pulled out his gun and fired 4 shots to demonstrate his anger. Later the police of Fon-yuan county, rushed to the site to deal this event, yet unfortunately detective Su Hsien-pi was got 3 shots to death during the fire exchange with Lo. And Lo was also killed within the shooting spree.

 

 

Cheng Hsing-tse was arrested then immediately. Witnessed by two persons at the site and his own confession made in the police station, Cheng was charged as the only homicide suspect of the police detective based on the assertion, after he was gunned down, that detective Su Hsien-pi was further shot twice by Cheng. In the following legal lawsuits, all three witness, including Cheng himself, retracted their testimony claiming it is due to a police torture. But, the Supreme Court did not accept three witness' draw back of their testimony. Cheng Hsing-tse was finall rendered a death sentence in 2006.

 

 

In the past 12 years, many human rights groups have strongly pleaded for Cheng's innocence, including Amnesty International, Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty, Taiwan Association for Innocence, Judicial Reform Foundation and etc, as there is too much doubt and too little justice in Taiwan's legal system to question the legal adequacy and reasonableness of Cheng's self-confession under a police torture and physical abuse. Cheng's case was submitted twice to Supreme Prosecutors Offices but thrown back by the former notoriously law-transgressing Prosecutor-General Hwang Shih-ming. Now Cheng's case was accepted by the new Preosecutor-General Yen Da-ho, who had pleaded an extraordinary appeal to The Supreme Court in September 2014.

 

 

To attract more people's attention to Cheng's case under an illegal torture and physical abuse, especially he has been jailed for 12 years as a death row inmate and desperately yearning for freedom, about 8 civil groups launch the campaign: Bring Cheng Hsing-tse To Play Down The Road, encouraging people to check in at Facebook on every site they play, eat and travel during the long vacation from October 10th to 12th. To everybody's surprise, just within 3 days holidays, check in numbers as friends of Cheng exponentially increased up to the limit set by Facebook at 5,000. It witnessed the warmth and concern of Taiwan society and reminded us God's compassion toward the prisoner in death row in the psalms.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

People can find more information on Cheng Hsing-tse's blog site: toomuchdoubt-cheng.blogspot.tw, and petition for Cheng's innocence could be signed on line.

 

Photo of Cheng's blog

 
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Taiwan Church News

3268 Edition

October 13 - October 19, 2014

Headline News

 

 

Taiwan Society Blockade Ting Hsin International Group In An Fury About Adulterated Cooking Oil Scandal

 

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

 

"No buy and no use of any product from Ting Hsin International Group(THIG)", including Wei Chuan Food Company's products, Linfenying Milk, Matsusei Supermarket, Cheng I Flagrant Lard, Wei Li Fragrant Lard, Taiwan Start Telecom and dizzily miscellaneous products, has become an over-whelming social movement in early October Taiwan. This is due to Ting Hsin got a third allegation within one year, being get involved into the adulterated cooking oil scandal. And the fury of Taiwan society is therefore triggered into an unstoppable trend.

 

 

Rev. Lin Wei-lien, Secretary of PCT Church and Society Committee, points out that the crises due to a series of plasticizer, adulterted chemicals and recycled waste cooking oil are not only problems limited within the issues of food safety, they are actually telling people this government is incompetent to guard against the threat from which is Taiwan people's  most humble request to escape. "An irresponsible government without sympathy is the ultimate source of people's sufferings!", said Rev. Lin.

 

 

Rev. Lin urges Christians to read some verses of Leviticus in Old Testament again in order to think afresh about the relationship between food and cleanse. "Except harshly criticizing the greedy merchants sacrificing public health and making glaring profits, through producing gene-modified foods or adulterating chemical additives, Christians should also think if his or her job is compliant to the biblical implication of cleanse? if he or she does the job following the rule honestly without cheating?", warned Rev. Lin, illegal adulterated oil or food stuffs are actually murder cases in disguise, though not causing immediate harm to the victims yet fatal in the long run.


 

Therefore, Ting Hsin International Group not only should be prosecuted for all their devastating crimes to poison Taiwan public for years, a comprehensive and through civil compensation project from this covetous conglomerate requires to be imposed as soon as possible, pleads Rev. Lin.

 

 

Rev. Lee Hsin-ku, Secretary of Church and Society Committee of Kaohsiung Presbytery, remarks that Taiwan public could at least blockade the malignant manufactures from such black-heartened conglomerate: no buy or no use o their produce, especially when the Ma administration is proven incompetent to protect the basic well-being of Taiwan public.

 

 

Rev. Du Chien-suen, Secretary of Church and Society Committee of Cha-yi Presbytery, thinks that the significance of current food safety crisis points to some urgent warnings: "The mind of the Taiwanese is fallen sick", and "our normative values are seriously twisted". Beyond the overwheming blockade of the products manufactured by Ting Hsin International Group, the conscientiousness of Taiwan society needs to be summoned and borne again!

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

Linfenying Milk, the famous milk brand in Wei Chuan Food Company within THIG, used to be the most hot sale product among others; now it is stock piled on the shelf in Taiwan's October market.

 

 

Photo by Hsei Jen-ming

 

 
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3267 Edition

October 6 - October 12, 2014

Church Ministry

 

 

Fr. Anselm Grün Shows Up In HK Occupy Central, Saying Church Is Salt Not Butter!

 

 

Reported by Wu Hsin-ju and Lin Jia-jin

 

Fr. Anselm Grün, the Cellerar of St. Benedict Müsterschwarzach Abbey and a famous author with 300 books focusing on spirituality, accidentally shows up within Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement to experience the so-called "umbrella revolution"  in the evening of September 30.

 

 

Invited by Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited, Fr. Grün arrives Hong Kong on September 30 to deliver a speech about management - titled as "How to be a leader of happiness - the servant leadership and conflict management". As Fr. Grün's stay in HK just bumps into the period of Occupy Central movement, to understand the HK most urgent situations he goes to the Central site accompanied by Wu Hsin-hu - President of South & North Publishing Company. On their way to site, they came across several Taiwan exchange students and some church youth from Hsin Yin Presbyterian Church of Cha-yi Presbytery.


 

Fr. Grün said what Hong Kong people want to express among the Occupy Central movement is their determination to follow the values of democracy, freedom and human rights. And the Church should hold on to these universal values as well to play like salt, not butter! As only the salt can do the prophetic job better than butter to cleanse the world.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Fr. Anselm Grün, with Taiwan exchange students and church youth showing their support for HK protest, photographed at HK demonstration site.

 

Photo by Wu Hsin-ju

 

To everyone's surprise, Fr. Anselm Grün, a world-famous prolific writer on spirituality, shows up within Hong Kong Occupy Central and sign for fans.

 

Photo by Wu Hsin-ju

 

 
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3267 Edition

October 6 - October 12, 2014

Headline News

 

 

Taiwan Supports Hong Kong's Occupy Central Movement For Substantial Universal Suffrage and Real Democracy

 

 

Reported by Lin Yi-yin

 

 

To support HK's Occupy Central democratic movement, many Taiwanese social groups summoned by 318 Student Movement leaders, Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting, take part in an assembly at Taipei's Liberty Square in the evening of October 1. It is estimated over 10,000 people have attended this demonstration.

 

 

Pioneering campaigner or peaceful and non-violent movement in Taiwan, Professor Lin Tse-fu, also attends this assembly accompanied by three PCT officials: Rev. Ng Tiat-gan, Director of R&D; Evangelist Yeh Chin-an of Ecumenical and International Committee; Rev. Lin Wei-lien, Secretary of Church and Society Committee.

 

 

Rev. Lin said that a 100% universal suffrage is the basic rights of HK people, it should never be dictated by Beijing's power elite and make HK people running to vote like a squirrel in the cage. Rev. Ng points out the reasons, why HK people are taking on the street, are due to their fury toward the void universal suffrage and the clamp down on the freedom of expression. Ng talk in straight that HK's current situation, "one nation, two system" under China ruling, is a mirror image for future Taiwan. And Taiwan's Ma administration should take a serious thought about her China-inclined policy and practices.

 

 

Evangelist Yeh pays his tribute to the prophetic statement of HK Church: condemning police violence and rejecting the empty election of HK chief executive from 2017 on, as such courageous stance by HK people is consistent with PCT's confession of faith: It [the Church] is both universal and rooted in this land, identifying with all its inhabitants, and through love and suffering becoming the sign of hope. PCT will carry on to support and concern about HK's umbrella revolution, says Yeh.

 

 

Promoting a famous social action guidance, SELF-LIBERATION: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship and Other Oppression by Dr. Gene Sharp, Professor Lin Tse-fu urges HK student leaders and social activists to learn from this book as early as possible in order to deliver a holistic strategy to be applied on peaceful action. This book can be free download from website: www.aeinstein.org.

 

 

Lin stresses that the strategically planned peaceful and non-violent action, though still could not avoid inevitable threats and dangers, the chance of success is relatively high with low risks. To consolidate the achievements of umbrella revolution and make it blossoms further, Lin earnestly wish HK people would learn such peaceful and non-violent action early and setup some strategies to respond.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 



With banner read "Watch For Hong Kong", supporting for HK's substantial universal suffrage and real democracy, over 10,000 Taiwan students and citizens summoned by 318 Student Movement leaders, Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting, take part in an assembly at Taipei's Liberty Square in the evening of October 1.

Photo by Lin Yi-yin

 
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Taiwan Church News

3266 Edition

September 29 - October 5, 2014

Church Mnistry

 

 

Taiwan Democratic Groups Show Their Support For Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement

 

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

 

To support Hong Kong's democracy movement, Occupy The Central, several Taiwan's democratic action groups, including CTI Taiwan(Committee for a Workers' International, Taiwan), Taiwan Socialist and Taiwan Association for Congress Transparency Promotion(TACTP), show their protest before Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office at Taipei in the afternoon of September 27.

 

 

Wu Wei-chen, representative of Taiwan Socialist, remarks that the cause of this HK umbrella movement is due to an intrusive setup of the so-called "nomination committee" By Beijing to filter the possible candidates for the future HK Chief Executive after 2017. And this is a bleach against the wish of HK people: universal suffrage, citizen nomination and etc. "As a Hong Kong today maybe a tomorrow for Taiwan", said Wu, "This is why we have to stand out!".

 

 

A-Kwang, an anonymous speaker for CWI Taiwan, notes that HK under Beijing's "One nation, two system" was threatened to lose her freedom of expression within the event of Article 23 within Basic Law and the so-called Patriotic Education Movement; now HK is afraid to lose her democracy if people can get an empty universal suffrage.

 

 

Yeh Ping-ping, representative of TACPT, expresses their reason why they support HK umbrella movement is that Beijing's black-box decision of the future HK Chief Executive is totally against the universal spirit of democratic society: transparency and accountability. Therefore, they support the Occupy the Central an against the authoritarian decision by The National People's Congress of China.

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

 

Members of CWI Taiwan, Taiwan Socialist and TACTP, appealing HK citizens' direct nomination of Chief Executive after 2017, demonstrate against China's manipulative nomination before the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultral Office at Taipei on September 27.

 

Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

 
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3266 Edition

September 29 - October 5, 2014

Church Ministry

 

 

PCT Carry On To Care For The Victims Of Kaohsiung Big Blast on August 1st

 

 

Reported By Lin Jia-jin

 

 

Chen Jeu-yu, a seriously wounded victim of Kaohsiung big blast on August 1st, was transferred to Neural Regeneration Center(NRC) of Taipei Veterans General Hospitals(TVGH) for further treatment. Through a report from the Church and Society Committee of Ping-tong Presbytery, Rev. Lin Wei-lien, Secretary of PCT Church and Society Committee goes to visit Chen in the evening of September 18th. Next day, Rev. Chen Jia-cherng with his wife, representing Yi-li Presbyterian Church, also go to TVGH to visit the wounded Chen Jeu-yu, and plead with church members to pray and support this positive and forward-looking young girl to stand up soon.

 

 

Chen Jeu-yu was a part-time worker in restaurant. In the very big blast moment, 11:56 p.m. close to midnight of July 31st near the crossroad of Wu-chin III Road and San-dor I Road, when she was off-duty and riding motorcycle on the way home, suddenly Chen was blasted up into two-stories high and heavily thrown down like a vase from the sky. Chen lost her consciousness immediately and ran into a comma. Chen's doctor says, if it is not due to her strong will to survive, the chance is dim to wake up from such deadly injuries. Though she is safe now from that most critical condition, Chen still has to face her devastating body injuries and trauma: broken backbone, paraplegic, comminuted fracture in left hand, multi-areas bruise and burns, haemothorax, lung contusion, liver laceration and etc.

 


As Chen's father passed away early, Chen with her elder sister and younger brother are brought up by her mother alone. Though Chen had not yet confessed her faith as a Christian, her mother, grandmother and aunt are pious Christians. Her aunt is also an elder of Liu-chiu Presbyterian Church of Ping-tung presbytery. Chen's young brother, who quits his job now to take care of her sister full time, welcomes the visit of Rev. Lin Wei-lien. He said, the church's dynamic power shown on a cowboy Sunday service deeply impressed him when he was a young student attending the church assembly first time.

 

 

Chen said, after her transfer into rehabilitation ward, she cried over two weeks as the rehabilitation is so hard and full of pain. But, under the encouragement from relatives and friends, she finally could wipe out tears and boost up herself with words: "I am lucky enough to be alive!", "If there is a slight ray of hope, I will insist to carry on!". Though Chen's hospital bed is hanging many folk religion's amulets from her friends, she still ask Rev. Lin to pray for her as she believes something wonderful will fall upon her.

 

 

In the mid-noon of September 19, Rev. Chen Jia-cherng with his wife, representing Yi-li Presbyterian Church to visit the wounded Chen and arranged some youth fellows to accompany Chen. In the evening of September 22,  Chiu Su-mei, wife of Rev. Chen Jia-chern, visits Chen again and teaches her the painting of Zentangle in order to release her tension and make her learn her potential capability.

 

 

Chiu Su-mei notes in her Facebook, "Today is the first time that Jeu-yu (Chen) experiences the Zentangle painting! She smiles so happily. Carry on, good girl! You must be able to stand up soon! God loves you!"

 

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe


 

Rev. Lin Wei-lien, Secretary of PCT Church and Society Committee, goes to visit Chen Jeu-yu who is seriously wounded and paraplegic-incurred by the Kaohsiung Big Blast on August 1st 2014.

 

Photo by Lin Jia-jin

 

 
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